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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

May 1

Battle for Terra : (Roadside Attractions) A peaceful alien planet is invaded by the last survivors of Earth. With the voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Brian Cox.

Ghost of Girlfriends Past: (Warner Bros.) In a romantic comedy twist on A Christmas Carol, a smooth womanizer revisits his troubled love life through supernatural means. With Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

Is Anybody There? : (BBC Films) A retired magician befriends a young boy who lives in a British nursing home. With Michael Caine.

: X-Men Origins: Wolverine: (20th Century Fox) This prequel to the popular X-Men series follows Wolverine before he joined the mutant superhero team - and before he had claws. With Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber.

May 8

Next Day Air : (Summit Entertainment) Two scammers naively think they hit the jackpot when they're mistakenly mailed a valuable cache of drugs. With Donald Faison and Mos Def.

Star Trek : (Paramount Pictures) In a reboot of the classic sci-fi series, Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise embark on their first mission. With Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

Sugar: (Sony Pictures Classics) Inspired by the movie Field of Dreams, a baseball player from the Dominican Republic sets out to play in Iowa's minor leagues. With Algenis Perez Soto and Ann Whitney.

May 15

Angels & Demons: (Columbia Pictures) A Harvard professor must decode a series of clues to prevent an attack against the Catholic Church by the mysterious Illuminati. With Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor.

Tyson: (Sony Pictures Classics) A documentary about the life of troubled boxer Mike Tyson.

May 22

12: (Sony Pictures Classics) Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager charged with murdering his stepfather. In Russian with English subtitles.

Dance Flick: (Paramount Pictures) The creators of the Scary Movie franchise return to spoof song-and-dance movies like High School Musical. With Damon Wayans Jr. and Shoshana Bush.

Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian: (20th Century Fox) Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) takes a job at the Smithsonian to rescue his friends, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake. With Amy Adams and Robin Williams.

Terminator: Salvation: (Warner Bros.) The survivors of a nuclear holocaust battle it out against super-intelligent cyborgs to keep the human race alive. With Christian Bale.

Paris 36: (Sony Pictures Classics) Writer-director Christophe Barratier stages a jaunty musical amid the financial crisis and social upheaval of 1930s France. In French with English subtitles.

May 29

Drag Me To Hell : (Universal Pictures) Sam Raimi directs this tale of a loan officer who's cursed after she evicts a strange old woman from her home. With Justin Long and Alison Lohman.

Up: (Pixar) A 78-year-old man sets out to see the wilds of South America by tying thousands of balloons to his home, but he has a young stowaway aboard. With the voices of Edward Asner and Jordan Nagai.

June 5

Adoration : (Sony Pictures Classics) A boy creates a family history filled with intrigue for a class assignment, but when he shares his tale with the Internet, the real truth threatens to come out. With Scott Speedman and Rachel Blanchard.

Every Little Step: (Sony Pictures Classics) This documentary follows dancers auditioning for A Chorus Line on Broadway and tells the musical's history as well.

The Hangover: (New Line Cinema) The morning after an epic bachelor party, a group of friends tries to figure out what happened the night before - and find their missing friend. With Ed Helms and Heather Graham.

Land Of The Lost: (Universal Pictures) Will Ferrell stars as Dr. Rick Marshall, a scientist whose cockamamie theories about time warps are widely ridiculed, until he and two assistants get stuck in one. With Anna Friel.

My Life In Ruins: (Fox Searchlight) My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos stars as a travel guide trying to get her mojo back. With Richard Dreyfuss.

June 12

Easy Virtue: (Sony Pictures Classics) A stuffy English family is perturbed when the favorite son brings home his enlightened American bride. With Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes.

Imagine That : (Paramount Pictures) A young girl's imaginary world could save her father's failing career. With Eddie Murphy and Thomas Haden Church.

The Taking Of Pelham 123 : (Columbia Pictures) A New York subway dispatcher must save a train car full of passengers from a band of armed hijackers. With Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

June 19

The Proposal: (Touchstone Pictures) A hard-charging book editor hatches a plan to marry her young assistant to avoid getting deported to Canada. With Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

Year One: (Columbia Pictures) A couple of Stone-Age slackers set off on an epic journey after they are banished from their village. Jack Black and Michael Cera.

June 26

Away We Go: (Focus Features) Soon-to-be parents travel across the country to find the perfect place to start their new family. With John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph.

Cheri : (Miramax) A young man in 1920s Paris retreats into a fantasy world after he's forced to end a passionate relationship with an older woman. With Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend.

Fireflies In The Garden: (Senator Entertainment) A family is forced to confront its tortured past after the sudden death of its matriarch. With Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: (Paramount Pictures) The evil Decepticons return to Earth to exact revenge on Optimus Prime and his human allies. With Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox (above).

July 1

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: (20th Century Fox) In the third installment of the franchise, Manny and his friends have 3-D adventures with some dinosaurs. With the voices of John Leguizamo and Denis Leary.

Public Enemies: (Universal Pictures) Outlaw John Dillinger faces off with the top agent of the brand-new FBI, Melvin Purvis. With Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.

July 3

O'Horten: (Sony Pictures Classics) A railroad engineer is forced to retire and give up his scheduled, structured life in this amusing look at aging. Norwegian with English subtitles.

Whatever Works: (Sony Pictures Classics) Director Woody Allen returns to New York in this story about an eccentric guy who decides to give bohemian living a try. With Larry David.

July 10

Bruno : (Universal Pictures) Sacha Baron Cohen brings another of his flamboyant characters, this one an Austrian fashion reporter, to the big screen in this "gotcha" comedy, made in the Borat tradition.

I Love You, Beth Cooper: (20th Century Fox) A geeky high-schooler declares his feelings for the hottest cheerleader during his valedictorian speech at graduation. With Hayden Panettiere.

Moon: (Sony Pictures Classics) An astronaut completing a three-year contract on the far side of the moon realizes he is in a race against the clock to discover what his company really has planned for him. With Sam Rockwell.

July 15

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: (Warner Bros.) Harry starts his sixth year at Hogwarts and soon begins lessons with Dumbledore that reveal more about Voldemort's history in the hopes of learning how to defeat him.

July 17

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane : (Senator Distribution) A girl is invited to the popular kids' weekend getaway but then they all start mysteriously dying one by one. With Amber Heard.

July 24

500 Days of Summer: (Fox Searchlight) A guy who believes in love at first sight falls hard for a girl, Summer, who doesn't. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

G-Force : (Walt Disney Pictures) Jerry Bruckheimer gives 3-D a try with this story of a team of guinea pigs who do espionage work.

The Hurt Locker : (Summit Entertainment) A seemingly fearless soldier joins an Army bomb-squad unit trying to make the streets safer in Baghdad. With Jeremy Renner.

The Ugly Truth: (Columbia Pictures) A morning-show correspondent tries to use his producer to prove all his theories on romance. With Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.

July 31

Funny People: (Universal Pictures) A famous comedian tries to make sense of his near-death experience in this comedy from Judd Apatow. With Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann.

They Came From Upstairs: (20th Century Fox) It's up to the kids to fight the invasion by knee-high aliens while their parents remain comfortably clueless during family vacation.

Aug. 7

Adam : (Fox Searchlight) A lonely, autistic man, Adam, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor. With Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne.:

G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra: (Paramount Pictures) An elite military unit takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. Based on the popular line of toys. With Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Julie & Julia: (Columbia Pictures) The rise of chef Julia Child is told through the lens of a blogger who decides to cook her way through Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. With Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (above). Aug. 14

A Perfect Getaway: (Rogue) Vacationing lovers discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists. With Timothy Olyphant and Milla Jovovich.

Bandslam: (Summit Entertainment) A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band to play in a huge battle of the bands competition. With Gaelan Alexander Connell and Vanessa Hudgens.

District 9: (Columbia Pictures) A government agent comes to the aid of an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slumlike conditions on Earth. With William Allen Young and Robert Hobbs.

Paper Heart: (Overture Films) Two friends travel the country to make a documentary about love, but wind up falling in love themselves. With Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi.

Spread: (Anchor Bay) A cocky womanizer is torn between his cougar meal ticket and the young waitress of his dreams. With Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche.

Taking Woodstock: (Focus Features) A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. With Demetri Martin and Jonathan Groff.

Aug. 21

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard: (Paramount Pictures) A smooth-talking used-car liquidator steps in to save a flailing dealership and turn the Fourth of July sale into a major windfall. With Jeremy Piven and Will Ferrell.

Inglourious Basterds: (The Weinstein Co.) A group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" brutally hunt down Nazis despite being inside occupied France. With Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

The Post Grad : (Fox Searchlight) A recent college grad gets a reality check when she's forced to return home to her eccentric family before starting her new life. With Alexis Bledel and Zach Gilford.

Aug. 28

The Boat That Rocked: (Universal Pictures) A band of rogue DJs runs a hugely influential radio station from a boat in the North Sea. With Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy.

H2: Halloween 2: (The Weinstein Co.) Director Rob Zombie returns to remake the second chapter in the classic horror franchise. With Malcolm McDowell and Scout Taylor-Compton.

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